'Chin Swee' means 'Very Beautiful' in Hokkien as all the best Chinese are Hokkien and Genting Group founder the late and great Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong was naturally a Hokkien just like me. At first I assumed 'Chin Swee Temple' simply meant 'Very Beautiful Temple' but Katherine Chew of revealed Chin Swee is also the name of a local deity in Anxi his hometown in Fujian, China. It was this deity who told him to leave his hometown for the Malay peninsula where he would find fame and fortune provided he donated extnesively t charity which of course he did.
It was also said the deity Chin Swee showed the young lad a vision of Genting Resort high in the clouds! When he started building the first Genting hotel, he made sure a temple was also constructed for his patron deity who encouraged the penniless 19 year old teenager to leave China for the promised land of Malaya.
The original Chin Swee was just a shrine and nowhere as grand and awesome as the current manifestation that is a cross of Har Par Villa, Big Buddha of Lanta island in Hong Kong and Great Buddha of Kamakura. As Genting Group prospered, Chin Swee shrine grew accordingly and today I think the blueprint is almost complete as it has Big Seated Buddha, Standing Kuan Yin, Queen Mother of Western Heaven, the 3 Pole Star Gods of Wealth, Health and Happiness, Eight Immortals and even Monkey King and his boss Tripitaka, Pig and Sandy! Plus a vision of Hell done in stone figures like the ones in Singapore's Haw Par Villa!
The Great Seated Buddha is so huge Kee Hua Chee looks like a fly
Kee Hua Chee worships Buddha who blesses him endlessly
Buddha seated on a lotus
Ng Kun Tek
This Buddha is the most beautiful on planet Earth
I pray to Buddha for world peace thiough He says it will not be granted in this kalpa
Ng Kun Tek and Kee Hua Chee
Glory be to Buddha
Kee Hua Chee is an ardent Buddhist
Praise be to Buddha
The Genting Buddha is the most beautiful on this planet as agreed by Buddha
Walking to Buddha
Kee Hua Chee as the 9th Immortal
Buddha is just below Genting Resort
That is a road below
The 8 Immortals
Look and you see mortals too
Mortal child with 8 Immortals
The main temple square
Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong the founder of Genting Group below Standing Kuanyin
Kee Hua Chee wishing the world Happy Horse Year in front of Chin Swee pagoda
Ng Kun Tek and pagoda
Kuan Yin my patroness
Inside a temple but not Chin Swee shrine as it was closed by the time I arrived
Like Forbidden City
With banner of victory
Like a divine vision
Laughing Buddha and Ng Kun Tek
Buddha carved from giant root
These Kuan Yin statues are from the personal collection of Genting's current owner Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay the second son of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong
Holden Kee and Kee Hua Chee! Yes, he is a Kee too!
Holden Kee and Kee Hua Chee
Kee Hua Chee enjoying dinner at Coffee Terrace
Katherine Chew and Kee Hua Chee in Chinese robes
Katherine Chew and Kee Hua Chee are yin and yang!
Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong statue at his mausoleum
Ng Kun Tek wants to be like Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong as Kuanyin told me his name is very 'ong'